The Block Island Times

A real beauty sails into port

Designed by Hein Driehuyzen
By Margie Bucheit | Jun 04, 2013
Photo by: Margie Buchiet Glide, a 41-foot Scepter made an appearance in The Great Salt Pond Memorial Day Weekend.

Glide, a 41-foot Scepter, and hull number one of that size, stopped at the Great Salt Pond on Memorial Day weekend. This iconic blue water yacht, built in 1982 in British Columbia, was designed by Canadian Hein Driehuyzen and featured in the book “The World’s Best Sailboats,” by sailor and photographer Ferenc Mate.

Currently owned by Denis Moonan and Pam MacBrayne, Glide now hails from Camden, Maine. The current owners are intrepid blue water, or true ocean, sailors who spent last winter cruising near Panama and the Bahamas, before pointing Glide’s bow for points north. In Panama, Noonan reports that a favorite anchorage is among the islands inhabited by Native Americans near the coastline. He spoke of the traditions to which these natives still adhere. Women, when they reach maturity, cut their hair. And intricate beadwork worn on the legs and arms in adulthood is for identity and decoration. Until adolescence, young people wear western style clothes, but they give them up at maturity, donning traditional native garb.

Moonan and MacBrayne have slightly modified Glide’s original design to meet their needs. Moonan reports that a gale off of Nova Scotia destroyed the mast, resulting in an emergency tow to a safe harbor. After the raising of a new mast, the sails were also modified to better fit their piloting styles. A later overall design modification at Scepter in British Columbia of the 41-footer featured what is known as a sugar scoop in the stern. The original design featured a classic teak dinghy launch platform. MacBrayne said that the platform interfered somewhat when under sail, so they had their boat retrofitted to incorporate the newer sugar scoop design.

The sailors spent a recent windy evening on the Great Salt Pond, guests of Block Islanders Margie Bucheit and Bill Ohley, before continuing north to their next port o’ call: Nantucket. From there, on to homeport, Camden, Maine.

Thirty knot winds were on hand Memorial Day to speed them on their way.

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